A 2017 third-round pick, Henderson missed the final two preseason games and likely would've been buried on the depth chart to start the year. Rather than using a roster spot on a developmental player, Denver will take advantage of the thumb issue to stash Henderson on injured reserve. Henderson may need surgery, in which case he'd miss extended time even if he hadn't been placed on IR.
Henderson (thumb) did not play during Saturday's preseason matchup against the 49ers.
Henderson is considered day-to-day after repairing a ligament in his thumb, but rumors have swirled that he might miss the start of the season. It might make sense from a team perspective to hold Henderson out until he's completely healed. Denver is deep at receiver and Henderson was struggling to fit into the offense even with two good thumbs. With options including Cody Latimer and Kalif Raymond to return kicks, the Broncos don't seem likely to rush Henderson back.
Henderson is considered day-to-day after undergoing surgery Sunday to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.
Henderson's injury is obviously less than ideal, but it at least won't keep him out of action for long. Nonetheless, now that he's on the mend, it may be more difficult for the rookie third-rounder to catch passes comfortably. In his preseason debut last week, Henderson hauled in his lone target for seven yards and totaled 47 yards on three kickoff returns.
Henderson underwent surgery to address a torn left thumb ligament, Mike Klis of 9 News Denver reports.
A timetable for Henderson return has yet to be determined, but the procedure impacts his chances of making an initial impact as a kickoff returner/depth wideout for the Broncos. The third-rounder's absence boosts the chances of players such as Kalif Raymond, Jordan Taylor or Marlon Brown securing a roster spot.